Anyone remember Canned Heat? Canned Heat is an American blues/boogie rock band that formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1965. Canned Heat was founded by blues historians and record collectors Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson and Bob “The Bear” Hite. Hite took the name Canned Heat from a 1928 recording by Tommy Johnson.
When I moved to Victoria in 1998, one of my new colleagues told me I had to listen to Marco Goldsmith’s Blue Heat. He lent me two CDs, one of which, Marooned, has remained a staunch favourite since then. I put up with a copied CD for quite a few years until a bloke at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival pulled one out from under the counter and placed it in my hands.
Why does that low throaty vibe from a sax add just that little extra to a song? Safari Motel, from that town just up the road, has an amazing sound and can hold their own anywhere – but for me it’s Nick’s sax that really ties up the package. OK, so I’m going to catch […]
Well, we’re nearly out of January and the festive season is well and truly past. Did they really start selling hot cross buns on January 2nd? I was told they had a use-by date of January 26th! Well, I don’t know what you got up to around Xmas, but I was waist-deep in relatives. New Year brought Bluestone, and a great session.
I spent a couple of weeks in New Zealand last year, and thought I should check out the scene over there. The history of blues in New Zealand dates from the 1960s. The earliest blues influences on New Zealand musicians were indirect — not from the United States but from white British blues musicians, first the R&B styles of The Animals and The Rolling Stones, and later the blues-tinged rock of groups such as Led Zeppelin.
Many years ago – too many for me really to admit and probably not long enough ago for the Wollongong Chamber of Commerce – there was a character on TV called Norman Gunston, one of Garry McDonald’s alter egos. I particularly remember his segment What’s on in Wollongong.